…There is But One
The Guru of the Sikhs is One. The One Almighty. Who’s Light/Soul became manifest into the body of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
This soul then transferred into Guru Angad Dev Ji and so on, until today, is manifest in Guru Granth Sahib ji. A fundamentally important point that is often overlooked when Sikhi is expressed to Sikh children, or the wider public.
The Hindu faith worships multiple gods and goddesses. Often Sikhs are perceived as being similar in their faith due to the belief that we worship many Gurus. A point mistakenly encouraged by ourselves when we share that we currently venerate our 11th Guru.
I think it would be more accurate to express that we revere the 11th form of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s soul, in the form of Guru Granth Sahib Ji. This, in turn, provides a more revealing explanation on the Guru and also a slightly more accurate reflection of the belief system of the Sikhs.
Such a small and seemingly insignificant point to make, but if thought about deeply enough, has deep ramifications in the general understanding of Sikh philosophy. A thought shared nevertheless.
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